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In search of THE best Lasagna

aeros Apr 13, 2009 06:28 PM

Where to go in New York City? All boroughs.

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    RGR RE: aeros Apr 13, 2009 07:22 PM

    In Manhattan, two places with first-rate lasagna:

    Campanile - http://www.campanilenyc.com

    Via Emilia - http://www.viaemilianyc.net

    For other boroughs, post on the Outer Boroughs board.

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      silencespeak RE: RGR Apr 14, 2009 07:00 AM

      ahh I love via emilia!

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        aeros RE: RGR Apr 15, 2009 08:17 PM

        Has anyone ever been to Gradisca? http://www.gradiscanyc.com

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          Pan RE: aeros Apr 15, 2009 11:09 PM

          Why do you ask? Have you been there? (No, I haven't been there.)

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            Jorel RE: Pan Apr 16, 2009 06:28 AM

            Yes. Average.

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          sushiman RE: RGR Apr 17, 2009 08:17 AM

          Pietro's has it as a special and it is very good. I second Apizz.

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          Jorel RE: aeros Apr 13, 2009 07:59 PM

          I like Bianca's version. For $11 (or something like that), it's excellent.

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            KTinNYC RE: Jorel Apr 13, 2009 08:12 PM

            I'll second Bianca.

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              CMG920 RE: KTinNYC Apr 14, 2009 06:59 AM

              I second Via Emilia. I also think that Apizz has a very good one as well. I used to love the lasagna at Miss Williamsburg but it closed down. I also heard they serve a good lasagne at PJ Clarkes.

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            silencespeak RE: aeros Apr 14, 2009 07:00 AM

            Insieme's Lasanga was the best I've had in the city,

            New York Magazine agrees.. http://nymag.com/bestofny/food/2008/l...
            Ruth Reichl too.

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              Slob RE: silencespeak Apr 14, 2009 07:17 AM

              We tried Insieme's lasagna because of the NY Mag review and found it very disappointing. It was OK, but there wasn't much flavor. Very dull. It was more like good ground meat between sheets of nicely cooked pasta. Small portion with barely any cheese, very very minimal, if any, red sauce, and no bechamel that I could recall tasting.

              I did enjoy the pasta tasting menu at Insieme, though. It was delicious. However, the portions were tiny, the prices were pretty high, and I left there hungry.

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                Ms.Munchie RE: Slob Apr 16, 2009 03:12 PM

                AGREED. Lasagna was really tasteless - sad to say - and I went there only for the lasagna. : /

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              Lucia RE: aeros Apr 15, 2009 07:26 PM


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                prcentauri RE: aeros Apr 16, 2009 10:38 AM

                i dont know if its the best lasagna but Max Restaurant in the East Village has a very delicious lasagna at an affordable price, certainly worth mentioning. It may have a hint of cinnamon. There was definately something extra in there that elevated the dish beyond your usual lasagna. I went there recently for an early dinner, missed the crowds and had a solid meal.

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                  Ms.Munchie RE: prcentauri Apr 16, 2009 03:14 PM

                  sounds like that hint of cinnamon would be in the bechamel. YUM.

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                    planetjess RE: Ms.Munchie Apr 19, 2009 10:13 AM

                    And it is relatively cheap, at about $12. Plus, I can never finish it and eat it for lunch the next day and tell myself it's therefore only $6. Max's lasagna got me through many a skint period in grad school.

                2. _emilie_ RE: aeros Apr 16, 2009 02:16 PM

                  I've mentioned this in another feed, and while I don't know that its the best in the city having tried very few, I can say I am personally addicted to the rabbit lasagna in bechamel sauce at Bacaro. And I know I'm not the only one. Was there last weekend and sat next to another table of two ladies who BOTH also had the lasagna -- and only the lasagna. It's seriously good.

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                    sam1 RE: _emilie_ Apr 16, 2009 02:25 PM

                    bacaro had/has a smoked mozzarella lasagna that was fantastic...possibly with mushrooms if i can recall.

                    i rarely would order lasagna but the eggplant lasagna at ino teca is out of this world...with charred cheese on top.

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                    liebersh RE: aeros Apr 16, 2009 02:43 PM

                    I ate at Manetta's in Long Island City last night and happened to have their lasagna. Old school traditional meat lasagna. The meat is done bolognese style. The pasta (at least the lasagna) is homemade. All in all, outstanding, and incredibly affordable.

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                      foodwhisperer RE: aeros Apr 16, 2009 09:27 PM

                      This is the Manhattan board , isnt it?
                      Ennio and Michaels on la Guardia Pl used to make lasagna once a year, Easter. Now they make it weekly and it's the best ive had in a restaurant in NYC since Joe's closed. Mezzagiorno on Spring makes an interesting eggplant lasagna

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                        mahler5 RE: aeros Apr 17, 2009 10:02 PM

                        Both Bar Pitti and Le Zie have delicious, authentic lasagne. It's only about an inch thick and it's definitely like you get in Bologna, not in Little Italy. I can't remember whether it's on the menu at either restaurant or whether it's a special, but it is very special.

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                          hopegoode RE: mahler5 Apr 18, 2009 03:26 PM

                          If you ever want to do take-out lasagna, we like Milano's on 89th and Third Avenue. I think their version is better than many restaurants. It reheats beautifully although disappointing if frozen. You must call ahead to see if they are preparing lasagna- they don't make it every day.

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                          JulesTei RE: aeros Apr 20, 2009 08:44 AM

                          Just had an excellent one at Perbacco last night with bechamel sauce and NO ricotta. Really delicious!

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                            synergy RE: aeros Apr 20, 2009 10:06 AM

                            Barbone, in the EV, on Ave B bet/11th & 12th, has pretty outrageous wild boar lasagne. Not a huge piece, but delicious!

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                              paultron RE: aeros Apr 22, 2009 02:29 PM

                              Gaetana's is fantastic. Better than Grandma's!

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                                Pan RE: paultron Apr 22, 2009 02:31 PM

                                I never heard of it, so I checked menupages.com:

                                143 Chistopher St | At Greenwich St

                              2. squid kun RE: aeros Apr 23, 2009 01:36 AM

                                Great thread - here's some place info ...

                                232 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

                                217 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002

                                186 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                                777 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

                                30 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

                                51 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

                                234 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009

                                194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

                                Bar Pitti
                                268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                                Le Zie
                                172 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                                Via Emilia
                                47 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

                                Ennio & Michael
                                539 Laguardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

                                5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

                                195 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

                                136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

                                P.J. Clarke's
                                915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                                10-76 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

                                143 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

                                Milano Market
                                1582 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                                  aeros RE: squid kun Apr 23, 2009 06:28 PM

                                  Thanks squid kun. This is fabulous!

                                2. a_and_w RE: aeros Apr 23, 2009 07:51 AM

                                  I used to be addicted to Le Zie's lasagna.

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                                    Pan RE: a_and_w Apr 23, 2009 10:24 AM

                                    What made you kick the habit?

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                                      a_and_w RE: Pan Apr 23, 2009 10:27 AM

                                      I moved across the country. No lasagna like NYC in LA...

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                                    synergy RE: aeros Apr 26, 2009 08:50 AM

                                    Just had the mushroom lasagne last night at Gramercy Tavern...oh, my. oh my...delicious, rich and addictive.

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                                      aeros RE: synergy Apr 27, 2009 06:38 PM

                                      I've eaten at Gramercy several times. I never noticed lasagna on the menu. Thanks for the great recommendation!!!

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                                        synergy RE: aeros Apr 28, 2009 04:13 AM

                                        It's on the Tavern menu. Enjoy!

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                                      gonnif RE: aeros Apr 28, 2009 05:01 AM

                                      Petrarca on Church and White very good, though not as good as Le Zie. Since I live in Tribeca now, Petrarca is my go to Lasagna place. Also, Max's in somewhat inedible imo. Cheap yes, but served in a mushy crock and so incredibly hot (microwaved my guess) that I just had to let it sit for 15 minutes while my mouth blistered up. There was no lightness, definition of ingredients and flavor that is the hallmark of of a great L.

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                                        planetjess RE: gonnif Apr 28, 2009 05:25 AM

                                        This is one of those chacon a son gout things, I guess. As mentioned above, I adore Max's lasagne, and when I think about what I love about it, its dense consistency and melding of meat and cheese flavors are my favorite things about it. I don't really care if it's microwaved first--to my mind, it doesn't hurt the flavor or texture, and I don't mind lingering while it cools a bit. I have had some very good delicate lasagnes in my day, but I generally order it as a comfort food, and at that point, I'm generally looking for something close to my childhood ideal (keeping in mind that my mother is a very very good cook) when a delicate or light lasagne wouldn't have occurred to me.

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